Student Hollie Greene shows Senator Shelley Moore Capito how to use HoloLens at the WV Press Association President’s Reception.
Student Hollie Greene shows Senator Shelley Moore Capito how to use HoloLens at the WV Press Association President’s Reception.

The Innovators-in-Residence program helped accelerate our College’s work in Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality as a storytelling tool. In Spring 2016, in response to working with Phoebe Connelly and meeting with the Washington Post’s VR and Interactive Storytelling team, we launched a UX LAB to host experiments in user behavior and storytelling models for Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, 3-D sonification, haptic interface and multisensory experiences for Mixed Reality.

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Associate Professor Joel Beeson and student Emily Pelland meet with Washington Post innovators to explore experimental story forms in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Current research includes: Multisensory integration with Mixed Reality for Hololens using EEG headsets and bio sensors; Investigations into the potential of empathy to cross racial, gender, political and religious divides in Virtual Reality with Oculus Rift; Virtual Reality as a disaster-preparedness tool; 3-D modeling as a narrative tool; and spatial audio as user interface.

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